Myanmar military loses control of Minbya and major outpost on Bangladesh border

Hundreds of junta personnel have reportedly surrendered or abandoned their posts in recent days amid Arakan Army advances in northern Rakhine State

The Arakan Army (AA) has taken control of the northern Rakhine State town of Minbya and a key outpost along the state’s border with Bangladesh, the group said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the AA said that two junta bases near Minbya had fallen to its forces, following its capture of the Infantry Battalion (IB) 380 base in late January.

“After nearly a month of fighting day and night against the junta army, the AA has finally taken control of the IB 379 and 541 bases in Minbya,” the statement said.

“We have taken full control of the military bases in the town. Now we are doing clearance operations on the ground,” AA spokesperson Khaing Thukha told Myanmar Now on Tuesday.

The IB 379 base in Minbya was under the command of Vice Senior General Soe Win, the vice chair of the junta that seized power three years ago. . .

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